Europe battles wildfires, drought and scorching temperatures as heatwave drags on

Europe battles wildfires, drought and scorching temperatures as heatwave drags on

Europe battles wildfires, drought and scorching temperatures as heatwave drags on

Tyler Roys, a meteorologist from website AccuWeather, said it is possible that "between Friday and Sunday temperatures could reach 49 degrees centigrade in south-west Spain and in parts of southern Portugal".

Francois Jobard, a weather forecaster for Meteo France, said the hot air mass from North Africa "will possibly result in record temperatures in Portugal and Spain with 45C expected from now until Saturday, and even hotter than that".

Authorities in both Portugal and Spain have issued health warnings, as what is being referred to as this year's first heatwave in the region approaches.

Sweden's official tallest point is set to change amid record temperatures, as it faces wildfire risks as far as the Arctic circle.

Any chance of the UK's heat record of 38.5C (101.3F) being broken looks to have passed for now, but it will stay warm and dry for most until the end of the week.

UAE residents heading to Europe to escape the heat should be prepared for record summer temperatures sweeping the region which experts blame on global warming.

The current European record is 48C (118.4F) set in Athens in July 1977. Fires in Greece, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Latvia have killed dozens of people and forced evacuations.

Europe's weather warning group, Meteoalarm, has already issued red warnings - categorised as very unsafe and posing a risk to life - for much of southern Portugal and for the Badajoz province in Spain.

The news arrives on the heels of a heatwave which has hit all over Europe and the United Kingdom, with exceedingly high temperatures expected across the continent for the coming week.

High - red - danger level declared in Italy because of the heat.

The heat wave hit Friday, breaking local temperature records at eight places in Portugal.

According to forecasters, hot air form the Sahara will bring extreme temperatures and some parts of Spain could could break the 40C mark.

A 41-year-old man suffered heatstroke while working on the highway close to Murcia, in southeastern Spain, on Wednesday.

Beja, in Portugal, is expected to record a peak of 47C on Saturday.

The U.K.'s Met Office weather service says July was the country's third-warmest in more than a century. In Brazil, the highest temperature ever registered by the National Institute of Meteorology (Inmet) was 44.7 ° C, in the city of Bom Jesus (PI), on November 21, 2005.

He said: "After a fresher weekend we are going to see a return to the hot weather, we expect temperatures back into the low-30Cs by Friday".

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